Our Friday roundup begins in the Southeastern Conference with the weekend's biggest series—No. 1 vs. No. 3. As usual, we'll run through the power conferences and try to touch on all the Top 25 teams, as well as some other big series.
• Michael Roth (7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) out-pitched Sonny Gray (7.2 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) to lead South Carolina to a 3-1 win against top-ranked Vanderbilt. Roth took a no-hitter into the fifth and a shutout into the eighth, and he improved to 8-1, 1.24 on the season. Scott Wingo and Adam Matthews had two hits and one RBI apiece to lead the Gamecocks' offense.
• In another big SEC East series, Florida won the opener of its road set against Georgia, 5-4. Austin Maddox (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led Florida's 13-hit attack behind Hudson Randall (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER).
• Arkansas ran its winning streak to seven with a dramatic, come-from-behind 6-5 victory against Mississippi State. Kyle Robinson's two-run homer in the eighth tied the game at 5-5, and Tim Carver followed with a game-winning RBI single later in the frame. Carver (.216) has had a rough season offensively, but he is a key piece for the Hogs, and maybe he's starting to find his groove.
• Louisiana State fell to 3-10 in conference play with an 8-7 loss to Auburn. Auburn chased LSU ace Kurt McCune (5 IP, 4 H, 5 ER) with a six-spot in the sixth inning, sparked by Tony Caldwell's two-run double. Auburn has rebounded from its 1-8 midseason funk by winning four straight road conference games.
• Oregon State continued to impress in Pac-10 play, winning a 1-0 road game against Stanford behind a characteristically dominant outing from Sam Gaviglio (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K). Leadoff man Michael Miller (3-for-5) scored OSU's lone run in the first inning, and Gaviglio made it stand up. Stanford ace Mark Appel (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), the king of the hard-luck loss, fell to 2-4 on the season. The Beavers are 6-1 in conference play, and you can make a strong case they have played the toughest Pac-10 schedule of any team so far (at Arizona, vs. Arizona State, at Stanford).
• Arizona also won a big road game, 5-4 at UCLA. Gerrit Cole struck out 11 without issuing a walk over eight innings for the Bruins, but he also surrendered five earned runs on nine hits and fell to 4-3 on the season. The decisive blow was Joey Rickard's three-run homer in the fifth, which put Arizona ahead for good. Kurt Heyer (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) improved to 6-1 for the Wildcats, who climbed to .500 in conference play (5-5).
• Brady Rodgers (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) got the better of Adam Conley (8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) in Arizona State's 3-1 win against Washington State. The Sun Devils broke a 1-1 tie when a routine grounder went through WSU second baseman Tommy Richards' legs, scoring two runs.
• California and Oregon got strong outings from aces Tyler Anderson (8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) and Erik Johnson (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) in road wins against Southern California and Washington, respectively.
• Oklahoma State struck first in the Bedlam Series, topping rival Oklahoma 8-7 in Tulsa. The Cowboys erased a 5-1 deficit with six unearned runs in the fifth, but the Sooners responded with two in the sixth to tie it at 7-7. But OSU's Dane Phillips led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off homer to denter field againts Bobby Shore (3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER). Chris Marlowe (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) picked up the win with overpowering relief work.
• John Stilson (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K) shut down Baylor in Texas A&M's 5-1 win in Waco.
• Taylor Jungmann (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) improved to 8-0, 1.11 in Texas' 4-1 win against Texas Tech.
• Watch out for Kansas. The Jayhawks are seeking their third straight Big 12 series win, and they got off to a good start with an 8-3 win against struggling Missouri, which has lost nine in a row. T.J. Walz (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong for Kansas.
• North Carolina State upset rival North Carolina, 5-4, in Raleigh. Pratt Maynard's two-run double highlighted the Wolfpack's decisive three-run fifth, helping Cory Mazzoni (7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) improve to 3-4. Patrick Johnson (4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) took his first loss of the season for UNC.
• Florida State was also upset Friday, 2-1 at Virginia Tech. Sean Gilmartin (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was strong in his first loss of the season, but FSU stranded 11 baserunners to Virginia Tech's one. That's not a good loss for Florida State—the Hokies entered the weekend 3-12 in ACC play.
• Mark Pope (9 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) threw his fourth complete game of the season in Georgia Tech's 5-1 win at Wake Forest. Pope's one-hitter was the first by a Yellow Jacket since 1997.
• Danny Hultzen (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) improved to 8-0, 1.17 in Virginia's 10-0 win against Duke.
• Miami and Clemson took care of business against two of the ACC's lower-tier teams, winning road games against Maryland and Boston College, respectively.
• Austin Kubitza (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) turned in another strong start in Rice's 3-1 win against Tulane. Conrad Flynn (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was strong for the Green Wave, but the Owls broke a 1-1 tie with two in the eighth.
• East Carolina won the opener of its huge series against Central Florida, 12-6. Jack Reinheimer (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Zach Wright (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the ECu offense in support of Seth Maness (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER). The Pirates climbed back to .500 in C-USA, while the Knights fell to 3-7. UCF has lost seven of its last nine.
• Todd McInnis (7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) improved to 6-1 in Southern Mississippi's 11-0 rout of overmatched New Orleans.
Around The Nation
• Gonzaga won the opener of its WCC showdown at Loyola Marymount, 5-3. Cameron Edman delivered a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth off LMU closer Ryan Hawthorne. I was at this game before heading to USC to watch Tyler Anderson's gem, and I'll have more in Monday's blog, but Jason Wheeler (7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was impressive for Loyola Marymount.
• Pitching duel of the day? UC Riverside's Matt Andriese (10 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) took a no-hitter into the seventh, and Long Beach State's Andrew Gagnon (8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K) threw seven no-hit innings after the first, but neither got a decision. The Dirtbags eventually won it 1-0 in 12 innings on matt Duffy's walk-off RBI single.
• Jason Coats (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a 14-hit attack behind Kyle Winkler (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), as Texas Christian clubbed San Diego State, 11-4.
• Aaron Judge (4-for-5, 2 RBI) spearheaded Fresno State's offense in an 8-3 win against Nevada. Greg Gonzalez (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision.
• Noe Ramirez (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improved to 6-2 in Cal State Fullerton's 3-2 win against UC Santa Barbara.
• Stetson rapped out 20 hits in a 17-4 win against Savannah State.
• Matt Barnes (7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improved to 7-2 in Connecticut's 7-1 win at Villanova. The Huskies went on to sweep a doubleheader.
• Andrew Chafin (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K) was stellar in Kent State's 2-1 loss to Central Michigan, snapping the Golden Flashes' 11-game winning streak.
• National home run leader Jake Lowery (4-for-7, 3 R, 5 RBI) tripled and doubled but did not homer in James Madison's 12-8 win at UNC Greensboro.
• Wichita State lost its fourth straight game, 12-11 against Evansville, which got a big wind-blown grand slam from Cody Fick in a six-run sixth.
• C.J. Cron (3-for-5, 4 RBI) hit his eighth homer of the year in Utah's 7-1 win at New Mexico. Cron is hitting .486/.541/.829 with 35 RBIs.
• Elon won the first game of its big SoCon series against College of Charleston, 5-1 behind Ken Ferrer (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 3 K) and reliever John Brebbia (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R). Elon is now 13-3 in the SoCon, while preseason favorite CofC is just 7-6.
• Southeastern Louisiana earned a big win at Southland Conference favorite Texas State, 8-5. The Bobcats fell into a tie with Stephen F. Austin State (11-5) atop the standings, with Southeastern a game back.
• Preseason Sun Belt favorite Florida International continues to scuffle, losing to Louisiana-Lafayette, 7-3. FIU has dropped four of five to fall to 5-8 in the Sun Belt. First-place Troy was rained out, as was second-place Western Kentucky.
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